About German Spirits

About German Spirits
The spirits industry is a strong and varied one in Germany. Most famous are the brandies and eau-de-vie, made from fruits such as cherry, pear and apple. The term schnapps can refer to an eau-de-vie or it can simply mean a strong alcoholic drink.

There are also vodkas (flavored and unflavored), London-style gins and whiskeys produced in Germany. Most are consumed locally; few are exported outside Europe.

Top Picks for Germany

Elephant Gin Elephant Strength Gin
97 points
$38
Clear color. Vegetal, spicy aromas of zucchini, steak seasoning, rose sachet and basil, and apple jacks and anise with a round, lively, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, amusing, medium-length sweet lemon blossom, grilled nectarine, mint cream, and lilac water finish. A vibrant, very well-balanced over-proof gin that is surprisingly smooth, even neat.
Awards: 2017 Best Gin
Ferdinand’s Saar Quince Vodka
96 points
$63
Brilliant gold color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, ginger, sandalwood, lemongrass, lime oil, and galangal with a glycerous, crisp, sweet fat body and an even, appealing, medium-length lime cordial, rose water, orange blossom honey, and lychee finish. A spicy and exotic vodka with loads of cocktail play possibilities.
Awards: 2018 Best Flavored Vodka
The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Roots Bitters
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, orange-peach chutney, and fig bread with a round, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with nuances of creme brulee, brown spices, and leather finish. In an Old Fashioned these bitters dovetail completely and add dried fig, licorice and spice notes to compliment the cocktail.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Riemerschmid Angobitters Bitter
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Opaque sedimentary mahogany color. Lively, woody aromas and flavors of spice barks, sandalwood, exotic peppercorns, and rhubarb and green tomato with a supple, bright, dry full body and an interesting, medium-length finish revealing elements of dried citrus and earth finish. This a vivacious and well-balanced bitters that adds a lot of warm, woody spice tones to cocktails, in particular whisky-based cocktails like the old fashioned.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Riemerschmid Riemerol Bitter
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Neon golden orange color. Bright, fruity, herbal aromas of dried peach, delicate spices and herbs, and honeyed citrus and cucumber with a silky, bright, bittersweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length medicinal barks and roots and chamomile tea finish. A nicely balanced and vibrant bitter nonalcoholic ’liqueur’ that works well with soda.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Asbach Uralt 8 Year Old Privatbrand Brandy
89 points
$47.99
Rich dark amber color. Aromas of caramel, dried berries, fig spread on toast, and iced tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long vanilla, peanut butter bon bon, orange marmalade, and leather finish. A lovely brandy for sipping and swirling.
89 points $47.99
Asbach Uralt 3 Year Old Brandy
88 points
$29.99
Rich dark amber color. Aromas of dried strawberry, cherry, lime cordial, nougat, toasted wheat scone, and lilac with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, buoyant dark chocolate coated nuts and black tea finish. A mild yet ultra-pleasing dark brandy.
88 points $29.99
The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Nut Bitters
87 points
$18
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of bourbon barrel, dark caramelized nuts, dark raisin bread, and maple sap and bark with a round, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate toffee, delicate fenugreek, roasted chestnuts and sassafras, and oak and limestone finish. in an Old Fashioned these bitters amplify the woody notes of the bourbon making a younger bourbon taste older and bringing out the minerally charred barrel notes throughout.
The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters
86 points
$16
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of juniper and lemon marinade, smoked nuts and meats, olive brine and soy, and geranium with a supple, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish displaying suggestions of flaming citrus, olive stuffed with smoked cheese and ham, and honey finish. In the gin martini the woodsy, smoky, olive notes mesh nicely creating a dirty martini with a savory stuffed olive effect.
Riemerschmid Bitterlyne Orange Bitter
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Light gold color. Mild, herbal, spicy aromas of chamomile, grilled citrus, toasted herbs and bark, and dried flowers with a supple, crisp, petillant, dryish light body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length citrus pith, bark, fennel, and wax finish. A very pungent cocktail bitters that brings a lot of earthiness to the table; in a the gin an tonic the citrus character was subdued and supportive.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy